CHICAGO — A 15-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder in the Halloween shooting of a 7-year-old girl who was trick-or-treating in Little Village.
The boy has been charged with one count of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery, police said. Police said he shot the girl and a 31-year-old man.
The boy was arrested Friday.
A GoFundMe for the girl, who is still recovering in the hospital, has raised more than $12,500 to help her family with hospital bills.
The shooting that wounded the girl happened at 5:30 p.m. Thursday as she was walking east in the 3700 block of West 26th Street. Police said a man standing on the south side of 26th Street fired shots.
The girl was hit in her lower neck and taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said. She was wearing a bumblebee or ladybug costume, according to the Tribune.
The 31-year-old man was shot in his left hand and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was not available but he was listed as “stable,” police said.
The two victims aren’t related, police said.
Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said a video posted on social media, tips from neighbors and surveillance footage helped officers identify a person of interest.
“We know there are multiple individuals who were involved or have knowledge of others involved,” Johnson said.
Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said multiple people came to the local police station to offer tips.
While the community is sometimes “reticent in contacting police,” the heinous nature of the crime has led “to incredible support from the Little Village community and we encourage that to continue.”
One video posted to Facebook appears to show the aftermath of the shooting.
In the video, trick-or-treaters take to the bustling 26th Street business corridor in Little Village. The 31-second clip, posted on La Villita Facebook page, shows people running on a sidewalk before several gunshots are heard.
“You’re f—king kidding,” the person recording can be heard saying.
Following the gunshots, several people can be seen running away from the shots.
Ald. Michael Rodriguez (22nd) said he was trick-or-treating on the same block with his wife, infant son and daughter when he walked out of a building to “mayhem.”
“It’s chilling. … I’m so emotional. I was out there with my 7-year-old daughter,” Rodriguez said.
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